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February 6, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS
The new Palmdale Courthouse opened for business Monday, enabling many Antelope Valley residents to have their civil cases heard much closer to home. Civil jury trials originating in the Antelope Valley currently are held in Los Angeles because of the overcrowded conditions at Antelope Superior Court in Lancaster, said Judge Frank Y. Jackson, supervising judge of the North District, which includes the Palmdale and Lancaster courthouses.
December 10, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency plans to substantially reduce inspections and civil enforcement cases against industry over the next five years, arguing that focusing on the biggest polluters would be the most effective way to clean up air and water. In a draft strategic plan, the EPA proposes to cut federal inspections by one-third from the 20,000 inspections it conducted in the last fiscal year, ended Sept. 30. Moreover, it plans to initiate about 2,320 civil enforcement cases a year, compared with the 3,000 cases initiated last fiscal year, a 23% reduction.
December 18, 2009 | By Carol J. Williams
Federal courts in California and eight other Western states will allow video camera coverage of civil proceedings in an experiment aimed at increasing public understanding of the work of the courts, the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday. The decision by the court's judicial council, headed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, is in response to recommendations made to the court two years ago and ends a 1996 ban on the taking of photographs or transmitting of radio or video broadcasts.
June 13, 2013 | Hailey Branson-Potts
If you want to sue your landlord, divorce your spouse or fight a traffic ticket this year, you'll probably pay more, travel farther and wait longer. As a result of the latest round of deep cuts to Los Angeles County's court system, court reporters will no longer be provided for most civil cases. Traffic courts will be clogged -- already, they are so busy that people at the end of long lines are given vouchers guaranteeing them a spot near the front of the line the next day. A projected $85-million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1 prompted the cuts, forcing the closure of seven regional courthouses this month and the elimination of more than 500 jobs.
April 12, 1989 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
A pilot program to speed the pace of civil cases in Orange County Superior Court has proved so successful that four more judges will be added to the project, a participating judge said Tuesday. Superior Court Judge John C. Woolley, who has been involved with the program since its inception, said that while the program has showed encouraging results, it has also meant a much heavier workload and a resulting increase in office staff. Still, Woolley said he was "gratified" at the findings of a report by the National Center for State Courts that singled out the county for "remarkable" results.
September 28, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that a severe shortage of Superior Court judges has created inordinate delays in civil cases and has denied residents access to the court system. In a 19-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David Kenyon rejected a motion by the state to dismiss the suit, which seeks a court order forcing the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to ask the state Legislature to appoint more judges to eliminate the backlog in civil cases.
February 28, 1989 | GERALD F. UELMEN, Gerald F. Uelmen is dean of the Santa Clara University School of Law.
The unmet need for volunteers to represent indigent clients in civil cases is growing at a faster rate than the glut of lawyers graduating from American law schools. Is the solution then to compel lawyers to accept court-appointed clients without compensation? The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle this question today when a young Iowa lawyer argues his first case before the high court. John E. Mallard practices business law in Fairfield, Iowa. In June of 1987, he was appointed by the U.S.
October 29, 1993
Time was, in a race between a snail and the civil justice system in Southern California you would have been wise to bet on the snail. Five years could pass between the filing of a lawsuit and the trial. Then, three years ago, the Legislature passed the Trial Court Delay Reduction Act. The record is now in: The legislation seems to work. In Orange and Los Angeles counties, it now takes about a year and a half to get to trial; in San Diego, it's 14 months.
December 23, 1986 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
For the second successive week, many Orange County Superior Court judges set aside civil cases Monday to focus on a steadily mounting backlog of criminal trials. The demand for courtrooms for criminal trials has tripled since October, when Orange County Dist. Atty. Cecil Hicks prohibited his deputies from discussing felony cases in judges' chambers.
The throne of the Exalted Ruler was empty. The Esteemed Leading Knight was nowhere to be found. And the rest of the brothers from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 1378 in Redondo Beach, were not to meet until Tuesday night. But, despite the pronounced absence of the native species, the Elks Lodge in Redondo Beach was alive with activity every workday this week. Holding forth in the lodge room for up to four months will be the judge, jury and combatants in a civil lawsuit.
June 10, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge presiding over the Michael Jackson wrongful-death suit admonished AEG Live's chief executive Monday to answer the questions the Jackson family's attorney asks him. Randy Phillips, who attended two years of law school, was on the stand for the fourth day when Judge Yvette Palazuelos halted proceedings and sent jurors out of the courtroom. She turned to the witness. “Mr. Phillips,” she said, “you need to answer the questions being asked without comments.
April 23, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
A day after a jury of six men and six women was impaneled in the Michael Jackson civil case, attorneys were scheduled Tuesday to continue questioning potential jurors to find six alternates. Jury selection began three weeks ago with potential jurors first brought to the downtown Los Angeles courtroom to determine whether they were even able to commit to a trial projected to last four months. The civil suit, filed by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and the singer's three children, accuses entertainment company AEG of negligently hiring and supervising Dr. Conrad Murray.
December 10, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A hotel housekeeper whose allegations of sexual assault derailed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's professional career and political ambitions agreed to settle her civil case against Strauss-Kahn on Monday, after prosecutors dropped criminal charges amid questions about the accusor's credibility. Details of the settlement, signed in a Bronx courthouse, were not released, and Strauss-Kahn was not present. The housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, 33, spoke briefly to reporters outside the courthouse after the settlement was finalized.
December 7, 2012 | By Michael L. Stern
The recently announced major restructuring of the civil courts of the Los Angeles Superior Court has not evoked much of a response. But the significant changes to come should be cause for distress to anyone concerned about open and equal access to justice in our society. Steep budget cuts forced the Superior Court to undergo two prior rounds of courtroom closures and employee layoffs. The latest cuts, to take effect over the next six months, include the closure of all courtrooms in 10 regional courthouses, including those in Beverly Hills and San Pedro.
November 28, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Florida judge said he probably will rule by the end of next week on a motion to throw out the civil suit by the family of Robert Champion, the drum major who was killed during a hazing incident involving members of Florida A&M University's famed Marching 100 band. The hazing ritual, known as "crossing over," took place last November in a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after Florida A&M played its football rival. Champion, 26, was pummeled so hard he died of hemorrhagic shock caused by blunt-force trauma, according to the medical examiner's report.
February 18, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Richard Winton and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
For much of the last year, sheriff's detectives delicately and quietly investigated the case of Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt after discovering photographs of students gagged and blindfolded, some allegedly tasting his semen from a spoon. But they proceeded gingerly, desperate to prevent rumors from spreading around the campus that could taint the testimony of children. Those safeguards evaporated Jan. 31, when the charges became public and reporters and attorneys descended on the South Los Angeles school.
Justice is moving more swiftly in Ventura County these days. While those who file lawsuits used to have to wait five years to go to trial, rules adopted several years ago are now settling most cases in a year. "My clients now can file an action and know that it will be resolved one way or another within a year," said Greg Herring, a Ventura attorney who practices civil and family law. "They can get on with their lives and get past the dispute."
November 18, 1991 | Jerry Hicks
MORE THAN CROOKS: The high-profile criminal cases get most of the attention, but in Orange County a huge part of the court overload problem comes from civil cases. For example: This is the only county in the state where civil cases outnumber criminal cases 2 to 1 at the appellate level. . . . "We really don't understand it," says Justice Thomas F. Crosby Jr. of the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana.
June 22, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
After languishing for more than two months in prison without formal charges, China's most famous dissident artist was abruptly released on bail late Wednesday. The official New China News Agency reported that Ai had been freed "because of his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from. " The 54-year-old artist is reported to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure, although he was not known to be seriously ill. More likely the release was a belated response by Chinese authorities to the international reproach that followed Ai's arrest April 3 at the Beijing airport.
March 27, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Oscar Gomez was waiting to turn left onto San Pedro Street from Florence Avenue, watching cars streaming through the intersection as the light went from green to yellow to red. He was sure the driver of the black Toyota Camry, still 40 yards from the intersection, would stop. He was wrong. Mervad Moawad conceded in court that she drove through the intersection at the 35-mph speed limit, crashing into Gomez's turning Ford Explorer with such force that both vehicles were totaled and she and Gomez's year-old son were injured.
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